Man Kills Girlfriend Over Grant Money
25 August 2021

By A Correspondent- They had an argument over grant money as he wanted a share of it.

But his preg_nant girlfriend refused.

So the enraged 33-year-old man assaulted her with a coal stove poker.

But the boyfriend regretted what he had done and called an ambulance to take her to hospital on Friday, 20 August.

Sadly, Samantha Zungu (27) passed away in hospital and he is now behind bars for murder.

Her aunt Duduzile (47) said before the ambulance went to the hospital, the boyfriend asked paramedics to stop at Samantha’s home to take her clean clothes.

“As the ambulance stood outside, her mum went to see her in the ambulance, but she was unable to speak,”

She said Samantha died soon after the ambulance arrived at the hospital.

“He robbed us of a bubbly daughter who was fighting to look after her two kids, who are now without a mum.

“Samantha was preg_nant with her third child and she leaves behind a two-year-old daughter and five-year-old son.

“We want justice to take its course. Samantha didn’t deserve to die like this,” said Duduzile.

Residents of Duduza, Ekurhuleni said they wanted the boyfriend to rot in jail.

They said they were waiting for him should the court release him on bail.

Police spokesman Sergeant Harry Manaka confirmed the incident.

“He assaulted her several times with a stove poker on the forehead. The man then called an ambulance and the girlfriend was taken to Pholosong Hospital, where she died on arrival.

“The hospital alerted the police about the incident and the boyfriend was arrested on the spot,” he said.

Manaka said Duduza police visited the crime scene and summoned forensic experts, who gathered evidence pointing to the boyfriend as the suspect.

He said the suspect was expected to appear in Nigel Magistrates Court this week.

Duduza station commander Lieutenant-Colonel Bheki Mhlungu expressed sadness at the killing of a woman, especially during a time when women activism was being celebrated.

He commended the swift action by the police in arresting the suspect.

Brian Sithole of One Strong Voice Foundation which advocates against GBV said it was sad that Samantha and other victims were killed in a month where women were supposed to be protected.

“Some men are proving that they are not society material.

“We don’t need them,” said Sithole.